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QUESTION NO.1714 SUMMIT DIPLOMACY

September 21, 2020

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1714
TO BE ANSWERED ON 21.09.2020

SUMMIT DIPLOMACY

1714. SHRI T. R. BAALU:

Will the Minister of External Affairs be pleased to state:

(a) whether the reference given recently by the Government to Summit Diplomacy over traditional foreign policy making, has proved to be a severe handicap, while keeping in view that Summit Diplomacy cannot be a substitute for carefully structured foreign office policy making;

(b) if so, the details thereon with special reference to Asian Continent;

(c) whether India’s Summit Diplomacy has tended to marginalise the External Affairs Ministry thus placing the country at a disadvantage; and

(d) if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN]

(a) to (d) The Government takes a holistic and multi-faceted approach towards diplomacy that advances our national interests using all instruments and mechanisms at its command. Leadership-level interactions have a prominent place in these endeavours, as do the regular engagements of our diplomats. They reinforce each other and should not be considered as exclusive choices.

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